The Prem Mandir in Vrindavan is one of the most famous temples in the entire Vrindavan. The most of the temples of Vrindavan are dedicated to the famous Hindu deity Lord Krishna and this temple is also one of them.
Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the spiritual Guru who built this magnificent Prem Temple in Vrindavan. The temple is maintained by Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj International trust which is a non-profit educational, spiritual and Charitable Trust. The temple is built on a huge 54 acres campus and is dedicated to Lord Sita-Ram and Lord Krishna and Radha.
The construction of the temple started way back in 2001 and it took 11 years to complete the temple. The services of around 1000 artists and sculptors were engaged to complete the temple. 30000 tons of marble was used in the construction of this wonderful structure. The planning and designing phase of the temple was handled by famous artisans Suman and Manoj which are from Sompura in Gujarat. The influence of the South Indian style of temple architecture is seen in this temple. You are bound to think that the golden Glory days of Indian art and architecture have come back when you see the quality of work done by these sculptors and artists.
Vrindavan ka Prem Mandir, as it is known in local language was completed at a mammoth cost of 150 crore rupees which is around 20 million US dollars in current exchange rate terms. It accommodates a Satsang Hall which acquired a whopping 73000 square feet which are constructed next to the Prem Mandir. This hall accommodates almost 25000 people at a single time. The beauty of the Satsang hall is in its structure as it consists of a pillar less dome-shaped structure. The temple is built entirely out of Italian marble, and it is a two-storied monument lying in the center of the garden. The entire temple is donned with figures of Lord Krishna with his devotees and depicts the important events of his life. If you want to learn about Lord Krishna and his various ‘Leelas’ then this is the place where you should visit.
The circular route, which has been constructed on the Prem Dham Vrindavan Mandir premises has 48 beautiful panels describing the life and times of Shri Radha and Shri Krishna. These panels are carved on the walls of the temple and intricate with the details of the life events of Lord Krishna. The Shikhar and the flag of the temple are so heavy that the temple authorities decided to build an 8 feet wide wall of the Garbha Griha to support these structures. There are 84 beautiful panels on the outer side of the temple which depict the various Leelas of Shri Krishna. If you happen to visit the temple during the evening you will find beautiful chandeliers spreading light on the devotees.
The main idols of the temple are Lord Krishna Radha and Lord Rama Sita and they are heavily ornamented and made out of pure white marble. The spellbinding beauty of these idols will leave you mesmerized. The spiritual aura of the temple will make you feel completely lost in the bliss of bhakti. The beauty of the temple multiplies exponentially during the evenings as the whole temple lit with colorful lights.
Mathura Vrindavan Prem Mandir Timings:
- 8:30 A.M to 12 P.M and 4:30 P.M To 8:30 P.M
- Morning Aarti at 5:30 A.M
- Bhog is at 6:30 A.M (then temple closed)
- Temple Open at 8:30 A.M
- Aarti and another Bhog at 11:30 A.M